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Fasting Minister Collapses, Refuses Medical Treatment

August 8, 1994

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) _ A minister who joined a gubernatorial candidate in a hunger strike to protest Gov. George Voinovich’s refusal to debate had to be revived Monday after collapsing.

The Rev. Alan Williams, pastor at the Jesus People Evangelical Center in Columbus, said he was dehydrated and fell unconscious near the park bench where independent candidate Billy Inmon has staged a hunger strike since Aug. 1.

Inmon gave him water when he collapsed and helped revive him. Williams, who had not had anything to eat or drink for three days, refused medical treatment.

Inmon, a former Ohio State Fair manager, has said he will not eat until Voinovich, a Republican seeking a second consecutive term, agrees to debate him.

Voinovich has agreed to debate Rob Burch, the Democrat seeking to unseat him, but has said Inmon is a disgruntled ex-state worker who would turn a debate into a sideshow.

On Monday, Voinovich’s campaign renewed the pledge not to debate Inmon.

Inmon said Monday he was feeling all right but he appeared weak and gaunt. Williams said he was planning to remain with Inmon to offer spiritual support.

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